"Iaponia et Terra Eso", Mercator/Jansson
Subject: Japan & Korea
Period: 1651 (published)
Publication: Atlas Minor
Color: Hand Color
7.6 x 5.9 inches
19.3 x 15 cm
A handsome small map of Japan with Korea as an island. At upper right is a partial coastline of t Lant van Eso (Hokkaido) and Compagnies Landt, a mythical island that was supposedly discovered by Jean de Gama. Adorned with two sailing ships and strapwork title and distance scale cartouches. German text on verso. This map is very rare as it only appeared in the last two editions of Jansson's Atlas Minor in 1648-51.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8450:352B.1; Walter #55.
A nice impression with one tiny rust spot in the image (between Korea and China) and light, scattered foxing confined to the blank margins.